Dr. Esther Lucas
(The following was posted in December 2010. This morning, May 16, 2011, we heard of Esther's passing. Esther will be greatly missed. You are welcome to send us your thoughts for posting below.)
This morning's newspaper brought sad news about our most veteran and esteemed ETAI member, Esther Lucas. I know that others knew her and about her great contribution to English teaching in Israel and to the foundation of ETAI, long before I joined the team, but since I joined the ETAI Board, 5 years ago, I have had the privilege and the pleasure of getting to know Esther. We have all benefited from her wisdom and experience - her clarifying and perceptive comments contributing to every board discussion, and have so enjoyed her sharp sense of humor and enthusiasm. We will miss her smiling presence at our meetings and events terribly. May her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all.
Esther Lucus will always stay with me.
Esther was my Pedagogical Advisor 42 years ago and was such an inspiration and role model.
We kept in touch throughout the years through our activities in ETAI and at ETAI conferences. Traveling with Esther on the bus to ETAI in Beer Sheva was always a special experience because she had such wonderful stories about her life to share with us.
As Mitzi wrote she also had much to contribute the ETAI board meetings.
Esther attended as many IATEFL conferences as she could and we met up years ago at one in Dublin. A shared experience there was getting electric kettles for our respective rooms.
Because Esther remained active in the field of teaching English, there were lots of opportunities to meet up with her. She never seemed to age and was always alert and
She will be sorely missed but her contribution to me personally and to many others will live on. We will cherish her memory.
I did my teaching certificate at Tel Aviv University many years ago. Esther Lucas was my madricha pedagogit.
Since then, Esther and I have remained in contact, mainly through ETAI . We spent many hours travelling to conferences together. I admired Esther so much and always was amazed at how a woman of her age could have so much energy and initiative and have such a full and fulfilling life.
We will all miss you terribly.
Esther inspired my colleague and I to do the UNICEF project with our deaf and hard of hearing 10th graders.
She took an active interest in the process and invited us to her home for updates and advice.
Esther even provided us with motivational stickers and buttons beyond the material that came with the standard pack.
Esther read EVERY SINGLE ONE of the18 projects and commented on them. Then she delighted us all and came to our clasroom to return the projects. Each student received a warm smile and words of encouragement along with the UNICEF certificate. The students were very impressed that such an important and dignified person had come to the class because of their projects!
I often read Esther's interesting tales or words of advice on ETNI. The last letter of hers that I read was a comment on my query about the origin of the letter "h" in the name Esther!
I feel lucky to have known such an inspiring teacher!
"Shema" Counselor for Teaching English
to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students